The chairman of the D.C. Council plays defense over a few basic home improvement projects. Maryland Gov. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley gets clearance to saw off hundreds of billions of dollars from the state budget. And Virginia’s incoming governor gets busy building his transition team. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.


  • Tom Sherwood Resident Analyst; NBC 4 reporter; and Columnist for the Current Newspapers
  • Tim Craig Reporter, The Washington Post
  • David Catania D.C. Councilmember (I-At Large); Chairman of the Committee on Health
  • Chris Zimmerman Member, Arlington County Board; Board Member, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; and former Chair, Transportation Planning Board for the National Capital Region

Politics Hour Extra

Gay Marriage and Faith-based Charities
The D.C. Council and Catholic Charities of Washington DC are at an impasse over the issue of gay marriage. Catholic Charities says it will cease all contracts with the city if proposed gay marriage legislation passes the D.C. Council. City leaders are now trying to broker a compromise.

Here D.C. Council Member David Catania- one of the lead sponsors of the bill- discusses the points of contention:

Ed Orzechowski, President & CEO of Catholic Charities joined Kojo earlier this week. Orzechowski also detailed his concerns in an audio editorial aired November 16, 2009.

A copy of Catania’s proposed legislation- “Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Act of 2009- can be found here.

Is Metro safe?

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority continues to face tough questions about oversight and safety. This week the WMATA Board ordered all employees to cooperate with independent safety monitors. Arlington County Board Member Chris Zimmerman– a member of the WMATA Board– talks about Metro’s recent troubles and the need for a clear set of safety guidelines, possibly formulated on the federal level:

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